Pitchers and catchers don’t even report to Spring Training for another week, yet the Cubs have announced the first schedule change of the regular season. At the end of a long home stand, the June 29 game against the Washington Nationals has been moved to Saturday, June 28, resulting in a day-night doubleheader. This was done at the request of Alderman Tom Tunney to avoid conflicts with the Pride Parade, scheduled for June 29 and traffic issues centered on both events.
The first of the two games on Saturday will begin at 12:05, with the second game commencing at 6:15. According to an article on cubs.com, this is the first scheduled doubleheader at Wrigley Field since July 4, 1983, against the Montreal Expos. Sunday will be an off day for both teams.
In an article by Paul Sullivan in the Tribune, Julian Green, vice president of communications and community affairs said that the move came early enough that no individual tickets had been printed. Green also told Sullivan that they do try to work with Major League Baseball, which in the past has granted the Cubs road games the weekend of the Pride Parade.
The Cubs could have said no to Tunney’s request, but, as Green pointed out to Sullivan, they are trying to be good neighbors. He also said that the change had nothing to do with any disputes between the Cubs and owners of the rooftop clubs.